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Last week I wrote a post exploring 3 stupidly simple reasons why most people’s photography doesn’t improve – the first reason being that they don’t take their camera with them.
A lot of people agreed – so I thought it might be interesting to run a poll to see how many of us DO take a camera with us all the time.
We ran this poll over four years ago so it’ll be interesting to see if anything has changed since then.
Feel free to share more about your answer in comments below!
May 17, 2013 11:25 pm
Recently bought a Canon G1X to carry along on our adventure in India - The Rickshaw Run. Like the camera much. But does fall a bit short on taking pictures while moving. Slow to capture. iPhone camera is much better for 'on the move' pictures.
But, yes, now carry the G1X around with me.
May 16, 2013 12:06 pm
Gerianne, that's exactly how it happened for me too! I got addicted to taking photos daily and did the 365 day project for 2 years in a row. Attempted a 3rd year but had an accident and seriously broke my leg so was not able to walk around outside without aide for 4 months, but I'm now back out and about every day again. And like you, it even goes to church with me - I've done photographs for the church as a result. Always camera ready!
May 15, 2013 12:49 am
I carry a Canon compact around pretty well everywhere I go. It fits in a pocket so easy to take along. I've scored pics wherever. Next is I take my small camera bag along for about 70% of my outings whether to the store or whereever and it has an older compact and my Fuji bridge camera. I've managed to get some nice shots with it. Otherwise I take both camera bags along so I have my Olympus DSLR as well but this I only take along on 30% of my trips. I've been looking for a bag that will haul everything in one but hard to find one I like.
May 15, 2013 12:04 am
60% of the time, I take my DSLR with me every time.
May 14, 2013 10:00 pm
It started out as a photo a day project, my personal challenge to take a picture of something - anything - every day. And it turned into the most amazing growth for me. Shooting something daily was how I became comfortable with my camera, and I was learning to "see" a photograph even before I took it. Pretty soon I had all kinds of people waiting to see what picture I would post 'today'. But the best part was that I was growing as a photographer. Pretty soon I had my own style, and my photos were getting better and better all the time. People ask me why I have my camera with me everywhere I go - even church on Sunday - and I say to them, "How can I be a photographer if I don't have a camera with me?!!" Then, when the paying jobs come around, I feel much more confident in my ability to offer the client something beautiful. Happy shooting, folks :)
May 14, 2013 05:22 pm
I have a Nikon DSLR and, on a month's holiday in the US, I took it with me everywhere - too big and clunky to be carried comfortably all the time. I wish that then I'd had my Olympus Pen with me! This camera is much more portable - I usually have it with me in my normal handbag/purse which doesn't shout 'Camera'. I've also an ancient mobile phone which has a camera facility, which I use in an emergency!
I love the question 'What is the best camera?' - answer 'The one you have with you' and also the saying 'It's not about the camera'.
May 14, 2013 03:04 pm
too paranoid to carry my other cameras so it's always my mobile phone unless I am going to a special event
May 11, 2013 11:16 am
Take a look at the Sony NEX series. Image quality is EXCELLENT and you can carry a couple of lenses that weigh next to nothing.
May 10, 2013 08:41 pm
I am looking into buying an upper level P&S for every day carry. The DSLR gets to be a pain sometimes. literally!
May 10, 2013 08:15 pm
How i carry my dslr with me all time? I am a company service holder.
May 10, 2013 11:37 am
I NEVER go anywhere without my DSLR! Even if I'm just running out for a gallon of milk. You just never know. :)
May 10, 2013 07:41 am
A Sony p&s is always with me in my purse. The frustrating thing is driving along, seeing a great shot, and having nowhere to pull off! My Sony A57 generally stays at home unless I'm going out specifically to shoot or there's a fair chance of a "Kodak moment".
May 10, 2013 05:45 am
I keep a Sony RX 100 with me at all times in case something comes along. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a viewfinder. Other than that, the image quality is EXCELLENT plus it shoots in RAW, JPEG or both and offers P, M, A, M. It's a little on the expensive side but if you're going for the shot, you want the best.
May 10, 2013 04:57 am
I agree with one of the top posters "Justin" that when you have a large camera and heavy lenses, its not such a easy thing to do. They are big and bulky and just a pain in the butt to carry around unless I'm shooting an event or doing a photo shoot.
I'd personally love to bring my camera with me every where and I could easily by removing the grip and putting on a light weight lens like my nifty 35 1.8 and use my neck strap instead of my Black Rapid RS7 since the camera would weigh a lot less and be a little easier to carry instead of having to wear my Black Rapid around every wheres. I normally use that strap during events and long days of shooting..but other than that I go with out any strap, especially around the house.
I don't have a smart phone so I can't take the advantages of the awesome cameras these little devices have these days. But I am considering getting a Fuji X-20 as my light weight travel camera..the image quality is fantastic, great low light performance and sharpness and it doesn't break the bank too bad..only around $600 and it still allows me to shoot raw.
I'm still trying to figure out my style and part of my new years resolution was to try and bring my camera around a bit more and I have, but not as much as I originally thought.
I certainly don't want to make photography a chore, its suppose to be a fun hobby.
May 10, 2013 02:40 am
It is like a credit card to me I don't leave home without it. I carry 3 cameras two dslr's and one movie camera all of them digital. Who knows when something will happen.
May 10, 2013 02:04 am
I always have my RX100 with me....I just love that little camera; does everything that I want it too. No it's not my DSLR, but it's such a good camera that it outshine my DSLR in some respects.
May 10, 2013 01:48 am
I have a Lumix LX5, Which has an f2 Leica lens, full manual control if I want, and incredible battery life. It lives in my car's console, and is always available.
May 10, 2013 01:27 am
When I do not have my DSLR, I have my iPhone (loaded with photo apps!)
May 8, 2013 04:34 pm
To Alex above. I have a small leather backpack which is big enough to hold my DSLR and a long lens on it. The backpack also holds my wallet, a notepad and pen, business cards and a few other odds and ends, including a spare battery. So it's on my back, or a shoulder, all the time. Mind you, it probably looks more like a woman's bag and it took me ages to find it but it was worthwhile. But if you keep your eyes open you'll probably find something. Is it padded? No. But the bag is always on me, or safely in the car where it doesn't roll.
May 8, 2013 08:19 am
I take my Pentax k30 everywhere, at least in my car just in case. It's weather sealed so it makes it easy and I don't worry too much about it.
May 8, 2013 03:44 am
I've been carrying a mobile w/camera capabilities since '07.
Since moving last July I have my DSLR w/me at all times (including another lens, micros and a flash gadget). When I am truly shooting, alone and by husband's insistence, my monopod while the tri is in the boot.
It's a sickness! lol
May 8, 2013 03:25 am
I take my camera everywhere, you never see me without it. You never know what you will run into, and the opportunity to get great photos is always there. I have my backpack on me all the time, I've never minded the weight of it or having to carry it along.
May 7, 2013 11:28 pm
I have my cell phone with it's very simply camera always with me. On holidays and other events, I sometimes bring my Canon Powershot SX200 with me. Only when I am the photographer of the event, or go for a photography tour or something, I bring my DSLR.
May 7, 2013 01:42 pm
On the basis that any camera is better than none, I have a Nikon P&S in a small pouch on my belt all the time. My camera bag with my DSLR is usually in the car boot together with a tripod. I also have a Sony Ericsson C905 phone which has an 8Mp camera but is a single wideangle focal length although there is a reasonable amount of control available when you get used to it
May 7, 2013 10:42 am
Out of the all the people who voted "Yes I take a DSLR with me Most Places" I'd really like to know, How?
Do you have it in a bag in the car?
Around your neck?
On your shoulder?
In a small bag?
I really would LOVE to take my DSLR out more, but how to you conveniently take it with you?
May 7, 2013 10:31 am
I always have my phone with me, usually have my t4i nearby.... If I'm wanting something smaller or lighter than my rebel, I put the batteries back in my s5is (yes, I'm a canon whore... :-P) With a black rapids sling, it make the rebel much easier to pack around everywhere.
May 7, 2013 10:18 am
I learned the sanctified commandment for all photographers when I began as a news and assignment photog. It ingrained in me deeply at an early stage of my career; more so when I began a long stretch of Nature Photography where one stays in the wild for days and never gets further than arms length from the armed rig or kit. I have purchased a smart phone that has superior CMOS sensor. The case with my Nikon D800E and parts is always in the insulated trunk of my car.
If you ever see the perfect shot and fail to capture it . . . You have failed in your mission
May 7, 2013 08:59 am
My 1D MKll used to go everywhere with me; and it still does on the weekends. But the one that I never, never leave at home, is my Olympus OM-1n, Zuiko 28mm 2.8. It's compact and fits nicely in the pocket of my shorts.
I also usually have a Canon G9 or Olympus MJU-ll lurking about in the car as well.
May 7, 2013 08:48 am
My NikonD90 travels with me everywhere. I shopped for a long, long time, looking for that perfect small bag that didn't scream 'photographer' but would carry what I need.
I have many people saying they wish they could take photos like me, and I know I'm a long way from being a pro, but I tell them all, that I take photos almost every single day and for 2 years did Project 365. I found I had improved a lot at the end of each year and find it really beneficial to keep taking photos.
Besides, you never know what you're going to miss if you don't have it with you!
May 7, 2013 06:44 am
I used to carry Canon EOS 20D, 40D or 5DMkII with me wherever I went, but nowadays I carry Olympus OM-D with me.
May 7, 2013 03:51 am
This is why I picked up an x100s. I knew the main obstacle standing between me and becoming a better photographer was not shooting frequently enough. I completed a 365 Day Photo Challenge last year, and I loved shooting every day, but I got tired of lugging my DSLR around. So instead of investing money into my camera system that would ultimately make things less portable, I decided to buy a camera that could easily fit in my work bag, a jacket pocket, or even my glovebox, but would still give me the functionality of a DSLR. Now the x100s is with me everywhere I go, and its been a blast shooting almost daily.
May 7, 2013 03:34 am
I tote mine around more than I need it seems. Between capturing family and various sights there are few times I don't have my camera with me. If I know the weather will be interesting I'll bring my bag to work so I can stop a few spots after if the sky makes it interesting.
May 7, 2013 02:06 am
I've started taking my dslr with me any occasion that's not the "usual routine" and some of the usual places as well, because I had several one-time opportunities that I didn't take my camera, and really regretted it later :)
May 7, 2013 01:53 am
My DSLR goes with me everywhere 99% of the time. The 1% is when I'm going to the store or someplace quick and don't "think" i need it, and I've missed some great stuff on a few of those trips. Sure, I could use my iPhone, but it's sometimes just not quick enough.
May 7, 2013 01:41 am
I am often torn re: taking my DSLR w/me everywhere. I always have it around when I know I'm going to be somewhere that I feel will offer photo opp's. I have a small inexpensive point & shoot that I often have along instead. It's so much more handy. But I don't get the photos with it that SHOULD'VE been taken w/the DSLR. So I am usually in quite a dilemma! And there are times, of course, when it's just not appropriate to be snapping away w/a big camera. I'm thinking that my best bet may be to invest in a better quality P&S that's smaller and lighter than my DSLR. I have my camera phone w/me all the time, but rarely ever think to use it! How weird is that? Altho I use for my phone for EVERYTHING else, it rarely occurs to me to use it for photos!
May 7, 2013 01:19 am
I always grab my Nikon 5100 and I also have a Sony compact in my purse. then there is my cell phone which I don't use 'cause the quality is not so good.
I'm a rank beginner but I live in NE Tennessee where the scenery is gorgeous and picture worthy all the time. Lijke this am...clouds drifting around the mountaintops after the rain..OH MY!
May 6, 2013 11:33 pm
I am surprised by the number of people that take a DSLR with them most places. I have my iPhone on me at all times and take my DSLR when I know I will be able to take the time to use it. I have two kids under the age of four so that may be part of the issue!
May 6, 2013 11:18 pm
Yes, it was one of the reasons why I switched from DSLR to Micro Four Thirds. Never left the house without it in the last months. But I wish there would have been an option for mirrorless cameras in the poll so I voted for dslr...more dslr like than compact.
May 6, 2013 10:35 pm
....and that is the lesson right there :-(
I cannot remember who it was attributed too but there is a well known answer in photography.
The question : What is the best camera ?
Answer : The one you have with you.
May 6, 2013 10:28 pm
Two missing choices apply to me: Compact camera OR DSLR; and, Camera plus a phone. Either of those choices would have been more accurate than the ones in your poll.
May 6, 2013 10:15 pm
Yes I have p&s Samsung with me and my iPhone 5 camera all the time. It was easier in the winter because of coat pockets but its still worth it.
May 6, 2013 10:13 pm
I always bring my RX100 with me at all times. From time to time, the D7000. But for planned serious shooting, I bring my hard core Nikon DLSR.
May 6, 2013 10:11 pm
Interesting question :)... I do not take my DSLR with me everyday... But what is funny about this is that I regularly (not every day, but surely twice a month) have nightmares about it. I dream that I see something incredibly beautiful (some unreal sunset, or something like this), and I don't have my camera with me :).
And this unfortunately happened for real, like a beautiful rainbow over a little mountain village.... and my camera was home, then I took it for two weeks where I saw nothing... and started to leave it home again.
May 6, 2013 10:01 pm
Wouldn't go anywhere without my compact it tags along within quick reach even when I have my DSLR and all my lenses with me.
I would also rather have my Canon G15 in my pocket than nothing at all just because I was too much of a snob to carry anything less than a DSLR around with me.
Up to 10"x8" its practically indistinguishable from SLR shots.
Higher end compacts are really coming on in leaps and bounds especially the lens quality and just how much better the makers are at getting the most out of these smaller sensors.
May 6, 2013 09:43 pm
You left out a category - BRIDGE cameras. I checked the "compact camera" category because I don't carry my Olympus DSLR and all its lenses with me everywhere, but I don't have a compact - my other camera is a Fuji HS20 long-zoom bridge cam. It does indeed go with me everywhere. It's not tiny - in fact, it's almost the size of the DSLR - but its versatility allows me to get a range of images that a point 'n shoot would not. I just carry a large purse :D
May 6, 2013 09:31 pm
I have a PowerShot in my purse at all times, but if I'm on a specific "mission," I take my Canon T2i.
May 6, 2013 07:42 pm
I had to check "only my phone camera" because that's currently true. But it's only been true for the past 18 months. Previously (for about 3 years) I always carried a compact.
I chose the Panasonic LX3 model back in 2009 specifically because it gave me manual control and quality images in a compact format. (Limited zoom, I agree, but to me this was an advantage as it forced me to "get in close", which was something I wanted to work on.)
Then, and this is the utterly crazy part, I changed the bag I carry to work. It's slimmer than the previous bag and suddenly the camera didn't fit so comfortably and I started leaving it at home. Before I knew it I'd lost the habit of carrying it and using it every day. I miss having a good camera always to hand and the learning opportunities afforded by simply taking lots of photos.
It certainly reveals how a simple, tangential factor can profoundly influence our habits. (And not just in photography.)
Guess it's time for a new work bag. :)
May 6, 2013 05:42 pm
My canon powershot lives in my purse, so it is pretty much always with me. I only take my DSLR if I expect to have time to use it.
May 6, 2013 04:39 pm
I think many people were untruthful on this one.
May 6, 2013 04:08 pm
How do I vote if I carry a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with me everywhere? I've owned Nikon DSLR gear since 2004, but bought my first m4/3 camera in 2010. Now I shoot mostly with an Olympus OM-D E-M5, and an assortment of m4/3 lenses. It's portable enough that I carry it every day with at least a pancake prime and another small lens or two. Many of my best photos are taken when I'm not necessarily looking for them.
May 6, 2013 02:53 pm
Dslr generally comes with me everywhere. But have an older fuji bridge that I use for harsh enviroments a point and shoot for social occasions with mates. And a pns with dive case and external flash for those divebased moments. And I all else fails fot the old smart phone in the pocket
May 6, 2013 02:50 pm
@Bruce I'm exactly the same way... I've gotten used to what my Nikon can do, and I only have it with me when I'm planning to shoot a show or event, but then that's also the stuff I'm interested in shooting right now, other than when I'm working in my makeshift studio.
May 6, 2013 12:57 pm
Having a good camera with me all the time is the reason I purchased a Fuji X100. In my opinion, the the perfect balance between portability and image quality for carry everywhere camera.
May 6, 2013 11:47 am
I generally take my older (2003) Kodak CX7430 4mp point and shoot with me everywhere. But when i dont have it, i always have my Samsung Galaxy S lll with me. It takes great pictures and has just as many settings and scene modes not to mention iso and shutter speed settings. Albeit all digital but i still have manual settings when i need them. My canon T3i only goes out on special shoots where a dslr is needed.
May 6, 2013 11:26 am
You guys could do a post giving us options on this. We all know how poor P&S cameras are, so we may be looking for sth a bit better... I'm tempted to buy a Fuji X20 - can't carry a DSLR to the office everyday!
May 6, 2013 11:26 am
I take my dslr with me lots of places but don't know that I would say most. My cell phone is always with me and I definitely notice that I take/share more pictures because of it.
May 6, 2013 11:03 am
I almost always have a cell camera on me (8mp, 4x zoom) I keep my Canon s5is in a bag with spare batteries and a video light as a "emergency picture kit" in the car, and I lug the 60d around for my little trips...that and I use a nikon l14 as a dash cam (can take 6hr videos...) So I'm pretty set ;) the poll could be a bit more specific but its in the ball park :)
May 6, 2013 10:19 am
iPhone is with me all the time. Sony RX100 in my glove compartment and with me whenever I think I meet need a higher quality pic (often). Sony a77 and a myriad of lenses and bags of various sizes with me, depending on the event.
May 6, 2013 10:02 am
EDIT: I think it really depends on your style and subject of your photography. If you're a street shooter living in NYC... then I would probably absolutely take a quality camera with me, since you'd always be in an environment rich with potential subject. Not the case for me.
May 6, 2013 10:00 am
Bruce, I'm with you. I almost never carry my DSLR with me. For one thing, it's big and heavy and cumbersome to tote around. If you're going to be out of the car for a while shopping, going to dinner, etc... do you take it and carry it around and watch it like a baby? For another, it's very expensive (for me, almost $6k between the body and lens, depending on which lens) to just leave it in the car constantly. And while I do have gear insurance, I still don't think the risk and added wear and tear on the equipment is really all that worth it for the few shots I wished I would have taken.
Most of the time when I'm out and about, it's not practical to stop and really take a good shot of whatever it is that caught your eye anyway (because you're headed to an appointment, have someone with you, on a schedule, in traffic, etc.). And so if you rush and pop a quick snap, in my experience, the rushed photo isn't really a portfolio keeper anyway.
Instead, I take my full gear load out with me on specific photo hunting trips. If I had all the money in the world, I would definitely keep an extra DSLR+lens in the car stashed away just in case, and leave my main gear bag at home and ready to go without having to switch equipment around. If it got stolen or lost or broken or full of dust, no big deal. But I'm not rich.
I also have a Sony NEX-5N, but quite frankly, the shots I take with it leave a bit to be desired IQ-wise and are more likely for personal record than professional portfolio. And so if it's just for personal use, my iPhone 5 usually fits the bill, which is all I usually have on me. :)
May 6, 2013 09:03 am
Bit stuck as to what button to push here as I have an iPhone 5 and a compact with me most of the time and often have a Lumix bridge in the boot of the car as well...
Still hunting for a real compact though with the quality of the fz-150 while not costing the earth.
May 6, 2013 08:51 am
I generally only have a camera with me when I'm specifically out shooting. I chose "special occasions" in the poll; inaccurate, but close enough.
P&S's drive me crazy (too slow, no manual focus points, noisy, no RAW, etc.) and my cellphone camera has even worse quality and usability. I don't have the budget for a small camera with the level of quality and features that I could actually work with, so that leaves me with my DSLR. That's too big to carry with me always, so I therefore take it when I'm out with the specific purpose of shooting in mind.
It also seems that the kinds of subjects I shoot aren't even addressed by any of the high Q small cameras: portraits (wide apertures, short tele, low noise), live music in clubs (low light, tele). Very few have interchangeable lenses. The Pentax Q is closest I think.
I surely can't be the only one?
May 6, 2013 07:19 am
I have an older DSLR, but I leave it at home most of the time, as it isn't as convenient as my midget Casio p&s. I take it with me just about everywhere I go.
Have no fear, I am looking for a better p&s now!
May 6, 2013 06:58 am
Inow keep a small Olympus P&S with me at all time, just in case the moment come by.
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